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  • New Escape Room - Lock in at The Cromwell Arms

    Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00 am, 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm and 3.30 pm We can also accommodate weekdays and hours outside those stated.  Please contact us to discuss further.

     

    see details on the next event about our Family Fun Thursday Escape Rooms during August

     

    Following the launch of Ely’s first Escape Room, Oliver Cromwell’s House is pleased to announce the opening of its new room – a Lock-in at the Cromwell Arms.

     

    The new theme is set around a plot to murder Queen Victoria and bring about a new republic. The landlord of The Cromwell Arms is deeply troubled and needs your assistance to prevent this unspeakable crime.   Sessions are priced at £90 and are ideally suited for between 4 and 8 people. To find out more then please click on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

     

    The activity also lends itself to the corporate market, work parties or even young people's parties (aged 13 to 16).  To discuss your requirements, please email info@visitely.org.uk or call us on 01353 662062.

  • Family Fun Thursday Escape Rooms

    On Thursdays throughout August

     

    Looking for something to do in the summer holidays? We are running a series of Escape Room sessions aimed specifically, but not exclusively, at families. If you have yet to experience the latest trending activity then take advantage of the reduced price of just £60 per sessions available on Thursdays in August only. Sessions are ideally suited for between 4 and 8 people and we advise children need to be over 13 years although younger aged children can participate. These sessions would also suit birthday or other celebrations and we do allow groups of under 18s as long as an adult is present who can stay  with the Puzzle Master and view the action in the Escape Room from the outside! So if you love finding clues and solving puzzles this is the perfect summer activity for you!  

     

  • Summer Guided Walks - Riverside Walks

    Saturday 28 July, Sunday 5th August, Saturday 18th August

     

    Riverside Walk

    This expanded tour takes in the city centre as well as the stunning views.  Learn about the draining of the fens, the life of the Fen Folk and how the river serves visitors and residents today. This is a rare opportuniy to experience Ely's captivating riverside with the additional information provided by one of our experienced guides.

    Distance approx 1.5 to 1.45 miles

    time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

     

  • Summer Guided Walks - Ely City Walk

     Sunday 12 August, Sunday 19 August, Saturday 25 August, Sunday 26 August

     

    City of Ely

    What better way of discovering the history of this magnificent city than being guided around its splendid array of medieval paths and monastic buildings. Discover the origins of the Cathedral and the importance of trade in this former Isle of Eels. 

    Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

    Distance approx 1 mile

    time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

  • Summer Guided Walk - Eel Walk

    Monday 27 August

     

    Eel Heritage Walk

    Discover the importance of the Eel trade and how it shaped the history of this beautiful city.  Marvel at the artworks connected to our Eel Heritage along the way and see Ely with a whole new perspective, with the aid of our knowledgeable guide.

    Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment

    Distance approx 1.5 to 1.45 miles

    time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

  • Heritage Weekend - St Mary's Church

    September 15th 2018  1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm

     

    St Mary's church is open with a welcome to all visitors. See what's beneath the spire, a well-known Ely landmark, and explore the ancient art of campanology.

    There will be a ground floor exhibition using videos, information and live camera relay from the belfry with experienced ringers on hand to explain the bellringing. Scheduled tours to see a demonstration of change ringing, and perhaps have a go yourself to make a bell sound. St Mary's tower is a successful nesting site for Swifts, and there will be information on these annual visitors

    Pre-booking advisable 

  • Heritage Weekend - Ely Through it's Architecture

    Saturday 15 September 2018 11.20 am

    What better way of discovering the wealth of Architecture of some of Ely’s historical buildings with our informed guide

    Departing from Ely Tourist Information Centre at Oliver Cromwell’s House.  Pre-booking advisable 

  • Heritage Weekend Ely Museum Guided Tour

    Saturday 15th September 11.00 am

     

    Let our knowledgeable guide lead you around Ely Museum exploring the fascinating history of The Old Gaol. Discover fascinating local archaeology, learn about the Fenland landscape and spot Oliver Cromwell’s signature.

    Children can pick up one of our ‘Explorers’ Kits’ from the front desk.

    Pre-booking advisable

  • Heritage weekend - Ely Courthouse

    Saturday 15th September 2018 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 12.30 pm.

     

    Recently taken over by Ely City Council following the closure of the Magistrates Court in 2012, this is your chance to visit this fascinating building and view the actual Court famously featured in the Toad of Toad Hall Film.  Tour the cells and hear about the ‘Murder Most Foul’ which concluded with the execution of John Rolfe in 1823.  Places for the tours are limited and must be pre-booked at 

  • Heritage Weekend - Old Porta Tours

    Sunday 16th September 2018 2pm, 2.30pm, 3.00 pm & 3.30 pm

     

    Ely Porta was once the main entrance to Ely monastery and through it passed travellers, pilgrims, royalty and local people selling their wares to the monastery.  Today it houses the Kings’ School Library and you can marvel at the architecture of the building and its impressive collection of books.

    Pre-booking essential at

  • Heritage Weekend - Silver Street Cottages

    September 16th 2018     10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm

    Chance to visit these medieval cottages dating from the 15th Century and view the 16th century first floor wall paintings.

    Pre-booking essential

  • Heritage Weekend - The Monastic Barn

    Sunday 16th September 2018     2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm

     

    Situated beside Cherry Hill Park the Monastic Barn was built c.1375 in the reign of Edward III for storage of wheat, malt, salted meat and other foodstuffs.  Now a magnificent dining hall for the Kings School with arched doorways and exposed beamed ceiling.

    Pre-booking essential 

  • Mrs Cromwell's Kitchen - Autumn Harvest

    Thursday 11th October 7pm - 9pm

     

    Join Nora Gardner on a journey of hearty 17th century cuisine to warm the soul during these autumnal nights. Learn about Mrs Cromwell’s favourite dishes of the season as well as her preserves for the year ahead.

     

    All admissions include tastings!



    Tickets - £15

  • The Festive Feast

    5th December 2018 at 10am

     

    Although Christmas was banned during the Commonwealth, many people still celebrated in secret.

     

    Join Nora Gardner, local guide and historian to learn about flavours and ingredients that constituted a typical 17th Century Christmas feast.

     

    All admissions include tastings!


    Tickets - £15 per person.

     

  • Christmas Walks - 29 December 2018

    City of Ely

     

    What better way of discovering the history of this magnificent city than being guided around its splendid array of medieval paths and monastic buildings. Discover the origins of the Cathedral and the importance of trade in this former Isle of Eels. 

    Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment and tickets can be booked on-line. For full details please check website.

    Distance approx 1 mile

    time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

  • Christmas Walks - 30 December 2018

    Architecture of Ely

     

    Discover the wealth of architecture of some of Ely's period, historical buildings during this walk with our informed guide. Ely is truly a magical mix of buildings constructed in dramatically different periods of British History.

    Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

    Distance approx 1 mile

    time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins